Robertson County Schools Family Engagement Plan
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Robertson County Schools developed the following standards of family engagement to help accomplish our mission to ensure each student is prepared to succeed in life.
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL ESTABLISH OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES TO ACTIVELY ENGAGE IN THE DISTRICT'S MISSION AND STRATEGIC GOALS.
- The district-wide TCSPP involves a diverse representation of community stakeholders.
- The districts family engagement policy and plan are available in English and other languages to the degree practicable.
- Training programs are provided for teachers, families, administrators and others to encourage the level and quality of family involvement.
- The district supports a Family Resource Center as a clearinghouse of information and training for teachers and families.
- Resources from a broader community are identified and utilized to strengthen student learning and development, this should include the coordination of Title I with Head Start, Title III (ELL), State Pre-K programs, local daycares, and other community agencies.
- All school district personnel are friendly towards, respectful of and helpful to all families.
- All district level departments are expected to be knowledgeable and ready to provide assistance or answer questions for all families.
- The district works collaboratively with schools to support, document, monitor and evaluate family involvement initiatives.
- The district has decision-making procedures and advisory committees dealing with concerns of families and community members.
- Written communications are clear, understandable, and available in languages other than English to the degree practicable.
- The district has several ways of listening to parents and engaging them in two-way communication.
- The district provides a description of the curriculum in use in the district and a schedule for review of materials/textbooks.
- The district maintains a current and accurate website, utilizes the local newspaper and other various methods to disseminate information to families.
- The district supports the Adult Education program as a resource for promoting family engagement (e.g. literacy).
THE SCHOOL WILL ESTABLISH OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES TO ACTIVELY SUPPORT ITS MISSION AND GOALS
- The Tennessee School Improvement Plan (TSIP) is developed with input from school staff, teachers, families, and community members.
- There are goals in the TSIP that have action items and desired outcomes related to family engagement.
- Individual assessment results, progress reports, and report cards are provided to families.
- The school provides multiple opportunities for all families to be involved in their children’s education at school and at home.
- Schools served by Title I annually review and approve the School / Home Compact and Parent Involvement Policy, as well as conduct a needs assessment to determine appropriate activities.
- The school arranges for flexibility in scheduled parent/teacher conferences and parent requested conferences.
- Everyone who works at the school is expected to be knowledgeable and friendly towards all families and treat them with respect.
- Home language surveys are distributed annually to identify students for whom English is a second language and services or accommodations are provided as necessary.
- Handbooks, newsletters, report cards and other communications are easy to understand and translated to the degree practicable.
THE TEACHER WILL ESTABLISH OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES TO ACTIVELY ENGAGE IN SUPPORTING THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION
- A means for communication is established that is regular and two-way.
- Teachers recognize and acknowledge families as partners in their children’s education. Ongoing efforts are made to establish and maintain these partnerships.
- Teachers communicate expectations and progress to families on a regular basis.
- Teachers provide families with clear information on curriculum content standards, class schedules, policies and procedures.
- Teachers respond in a timely manner to questions or concerns of families.
- Teachers respect and value each family’s experiences, knowledge and culture.
- Teachers provide family members with suggestions on how learning can be supported at home.
THE FAMILY WILL SUPPORT THE LEARNING OF ITS MEMBERS AND THE EFFORTS OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM TO PROVIDE A QUALITY EDUCATION TO ALL STUDENTS
- Families provide an environment that supports learning.
- Families maintain an active interest in their child’s daily work, monitoring and making it possible for homework assignments to be completed.
- Families support teachers and schools in maintaining discipline and a safe and orderly learning environment by requiring their child to observe school rules and regulations.
- Families provide input and participate in school functions, activities, organizations, and committees when possible.
- Families respond to school communications promptly when necessary.
- Families are committed to educating themselves on information regarding curriculum, class schedules, community resources, policies and procedures.
SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND
The term "parent involvement" is used broadly in this report. It includes several different forms of participation in education and with the schools. Parents can support their children's schooling by attending school functions and responding to school obligations (parent-teacher conferences, for example). They can become more involved in helping their children improve their schoolwork—providing encouragement, arranging for appropriate study time and space, modeling desired behavior (such as reading for pleasure), monitoring homework, and actively tutoring their children at home.
Outside the home, parents can serve as advocates for the school. They can volunteer to help out with school activities or work in the classroom. Or they can take an active role in the governance and decision making necessary for planning, developing, and providing an education for the community's children.
Research overwhelmingly demonstrates that parent involvement in children's learning is positively related to achievement. Further, the research shows that the more intensively parents are involved in their children's learning; the more beneficial are the achievement effects. This holds true for all types of parent involvement in children's learning and for all types and ages of students.
Members of the core team met with various committees, representative of all stakeholder groups, in writing and adopting Robertson County's Family Engagement Policy and Plan. A continuous review of the plan is necessary to ensure it meets current needs & represents the current thoughts of all stakeholders. If you have suggestions or questions, please contact Lisa Cobb.
Lisa Cobb: email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 382-3609
NOTE: Title I schools have an additional Parent Involvement Policy and School Compact. Download a PDF copy of the Parent Involvement Plan or the Parent Compact below.